Logo - The Starfish Trust

To date The Starfish Trust has gifted some £6.5 million to help disabled persons to realise their potential and to have a better quality of life.

Personally funded by the trustees, major grants include funding for six specialist hydrotherapy pools for disabled children in the Southwest and a £1m grant towards a specialist children’s unit in the grounds of the former Frenchay Hospital, Bristol - later demolished in favour of private housing.

Patron (read our Patron's story)

Robert (Bob) Woodward OBE
Founder of CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) now CLIC Sargent.


Mary Dobson, Charles E Dobson, Julian C Dobson.


The Starfish Story...

As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young girl picking up starfish and putting them into the sea.

Girl holding starfish photo

He asked her why she was doing this. Her answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.

"But the beach goes on for miles and there are thousands of starfish," countered the old man. "How can your effort make any difference?" The young girl looked at the starfish in her hand and placed it safely into the waves.

"It makes a difference to this one," she said.

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Registered Charity number 800203

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